Xbox Series X pre-orders are out in the wild, though catching one might prove difficult. The next-generation consoles ran out of stock pretty quickly at launch in September, but we’ve seen retailers like Best Buy offering up more Xbox Series X pre-order stock since then.
To be in with a shot of catching a stock refresh, then, we suggest you keep refreshing the Xbox Series X pre-order links below – you never know when new consoles will land. It’s all still to play for, so make sure you’re ready for the next round by bookmarking this page for all the latest updates.
Microsoft has assured fans that more stock is on its way, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Xbox Series X pre-orders: quick links
- Best Buy: pre-orders previously live – currently unavailable
- Amazon: pre-orders briefly live – currently unavailable
- Microsoft: pre-orders previously live – currently unavailable
- Walmart: pre-orders live now – listed as out of stock, keep refreshing
- Newegg: pre-orders previously live on Series S
- GameStop: pre-orders live – currently unavailable
- Target: pre-orders previously live – sold out
- Sam’s Club: pre-orders previously live – sold out
If you missed out on the main console, however, it’s worth remembering that Xbox Series S pre-orders also launched this week.
The cheaper $299 console takes $200 off the price of Xbox Series X pre-orders, but offers next-gen hardware to enjoy the latest games on for an low price (but with less well-specified hardware). We’re expecting these consoles to outlast Series X stock, but there’s still going to be some competition to get your order in.
If you’re concerned about dropping the full $499 on the Xbox Series X, however, it’s also worth noting that you’ll be able to pre-order via the Xbox All Access scheme as well.
That allows you pay in monthly instalments, and even adds an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription into the mix as well.
You can head to Microsoft to grab this payment plan option, with prices announced at $24.99 a month for the Series S and $34.99 a month for the Series X, over 24 months.
Check out the quick links above to jump into your favorite retailers and secure that Xbox Series X pre-order straight off the bat. Or, read on to find out exactly what you’re getting for your cash and where to head if you find stock shortages further down the line.
Xbox Series X pre-orders: where to pre-order the Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X pre-orders have hit the market, but things are moving quickly. With site crashes and stock selling out in seconds, the day one pre-order arena was a competitive one, but Microsoft has since advised fans to keep in touch with their retailers’ notification sign up pages. That means more stock is on the way, and what’s more, consoles will also be available come November 10.
You’ll find the best retailers to check throughout the day just below, with all the latest stock updates as well. Keep refreshing, because you never know when more Xbox Series X pre-orders will go live.
Amazon briefly launched its Xbox Series X pre-orders, but is now showing a ‘Currently Unavailable’ page. Keep checking back, because we don’t know when that second wave of stock will become available again.
Best Buy had another round of Xbox Series X pre-orders on the shelves later on in the week, making it the most recent retailer with product available. That selection has now run out, so be sure to keep checking back for the next load of units.
Xbox Series X price: key facts
- Xbox Series X price: $499
- Xbox Series X pre-order date: September 22 – sign up for notification at Best Buy | GameStop
- Xbox Series X bundle deals: Likely launch bundles include Call of Duty and FIFA 21
Xbox Series X price: how much does the Xbox Series X cost?
The Xbox Series X will cost $499, while the digital-only Xbox Series S comes in considerably cheaper at $299.
Those who wish to purchase the Series X through Microsoft’s Xbox All Access programme can do so for $34.99 per month over 24 months – with no upfront cost. While the Xbox Series S will be available on the Xbox All Access payment plan for $24.99 a month.
Xbox Series X price: compared to the Xbox One
An Xbox doesn’t come cheap (well, the older models do these days, but not quite so at launch), but how does the $499 Xbox Series X price match up against its ancestors?
The Xbox Series X will come in at the same price as the original MSRP of the Xbox One. That price was quickly dashed down when Sony’s own PS4 undercut it on announcement – but this time both Sony and Microsoft are evenly matched when it comes to the price of their flagship next-gen consoles.
That $499 Xbox Series X price does match the MSRP of the (now discontinued) Xbox One X, however. Considering the Series X is a considerably more powerful console, it’s definitely more value for your money.
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Xbox Series X price: how much will Xbox Series X games cost?
Back in July, 2K Games announced that NBA 2K21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X will cost $10 more than its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, meaning that the standard version of the game on next-gen consoles will be an eye-watering $70 (or £60). While this seems like a huge price hike from the company, it looks like other game publishers are also considering raising their next-gen prices, meaning some Xbox Series X games could cost you $70.
2K Games was the first publisher to commit to next-gen game pricing, with Activision following suit in pricing Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War‘s Xbox Series X edition also at $70. But, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, research company IDG revealed that even more publishers are considering raising the base price of PS5 and Xbox Series X games to $70 – a $10 increase over current game pricing.
“The last time that next-gen launch software pricing went up was in 2005 and 2006, when it went from $49.99 to $59.99 at the start of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation,” IDG President and CEO Yoshio Osaki told GamesIndustry.biz. “During that time, the costs and prices in other affiliated verticals have gone up.”
As Osaki explains, the cost of producing games for next-gen consoles has increased by between 200% and 300%. In terms of sustainability, a price hike (while difficult for consumers to digest) makes sense from a business point of view. The price of games cannot remain the same when developing these games is more costly than ever before – that’s inflation for you.
“Even with the increase to $69.99 for next-gen, that price increase from 2005 to 2020 next-gen is only up 17%, far lower than the other comparisons,” Osaki says. “While the cost of development and publishing have gone up, and pricing in other entertainment verticals has also gone up substantially, next-gen software pricing has not reflected these increases. $59.99 to $69.99 does not even cover these other cost increases completely, but does move it more in the proper direction.”
According to Osaki, the consensus among the major publishers IDG works with is that the consumer cost of games needs to increase.
We don’t expect this price hike to affect all PS5 and Xbox Series X games. Ubisoft has already confirmed that it won’t charge more for next-gen games and 2K Games has since confirmed that this price hike won’t be implemented for all its PS5 and Xbox Series X games. However, it is possible we will see pricing increase for major AAA games and franchises such as FIFA 21 and and Halo Infinite – while Sony has confirmed the price of its Worldwide Studios games would cost from $49.99 (about £39/AU$68) to $69.99 (about £54/AU$96) on PS5.
Xbox Series X bundle deals: what to expect on day one
Now that Microsoft has given us a look at a host of both first and third-party Xbox Series X games, we have a better idea of what Xbox Series X bundle deals may look like on day one.
FIFA 21 and NBA 2K21 look like a solid bets for pre-order bundles. We’d look to the season regulars for a safe bet as well, with the likes of Call of Duty consistently occupying bundle stock over the holiday season, so expect to see the new Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War to make its way into a few bundles.
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